"Company officials created the conditions that led to the accident, then withheld the information about its seriousness from the public, state and federal officials for two days. This was even though the plant was minutes from melting down, which would have spewed lethal radioactivity far and wide. After the accident, company officials lied to the government regarding its causes and covered up facts, which eventually led to the criminal conviction of the company that ran the reactor, GPU subsidiary Metropolitan Edison Co. Rather than fire anyone, GPU rewarded and promoted those who were responsible and who had lied. GPU engaged in an ongoing post-accident cover-up of the accident's seriousness.Well, Fukushima is no exception:
"The nuclear power plant at Fukushima has been leaking contaminated water into the ocean for the two years since the accident that saw three of the plants six reactors suffer a meltdown, according to the head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan...In fact, as reported in an excellent post at Op-Ed news:
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the power plants operator, has constantly denied that any of that water has been leaking into the Ocean, but in the last few days it has switched its position and finally admitted that it can’t actually say for sure that the water is not leaking into the sea.
Tepco has also admitted that the amounts of radioactive cesium, tritium, and strontium detected in groundwater around the plant has been growing, making the job of sealing the leaks even more urgent. Cesium and Strontium are especially dangerous to humans."
"By official measurement, the water coming out of Fukushima is currently 90,000 times more radioactive than officially "safe" drinking water."Oh, only 90,000 times more radioactive...nothing to see here, folks. Just move along.
And in case you think this is just Japan's problem, take a look at this map of the spread of radiation from Fukishima, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
Coming to a beach near you, if you live on the West Coast of our half of the world. But of course, the power plant owners have spent two years denying that any radiation is leaking into the water. And if the history of the nuclear industry is any guide, they will continue to lie their asses off, until people forget about the whole thing, and governments (i.e. us) pick up the tab.
The nuclear "industry" has been a curse since the day that it was created in the misguided minds of scientists who wanted desperately to believe that they hadn't spent their lives doing nothing but inventing the worst weapon in world history. It's long past time to put an end to it. All we would have to do is to make sure that people who operate nuclear power plants know that they will have to pay for all of the costs of their operation, and these cursed facilities will disappear overnight.
Thanks to Crooks and Liars, through whom I found this story. Don't hold your breath waiting to hear about it on the network news.